Across the country, attorneys like Slater are scrambling to file a new wave of lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by clergy, thanks to rules enacted in 15 states that extend or suspend the statute of limitations to allow claims stretching back decades. Her claim dates back to the s, when she says a priest repeatedly raped her in a confession booth beginning when she was 7 years old. Some lawyers believe payouts could be heavily influenced by the recent reawakening over sexual abuse fueled by the MeToo movement, the public shaming of accused celebrities and the explosive Pennsylvania grand jury report last year that found priests abused more than 1, children in that state over seven decades. Since then, attorneys general in nearly 20 states have launched investigations of their own.
Montreal's Dowd shows different face of 'the bishops' on the abuse crisis
On no front has that been truer of late than the clerical sexual abuse crisis. Last January, Boucher was convicted of sexually abusing two minor boys, following two separate legal proceedings, and was sentenced to eight years in prison. In the report, Dowd said he began hearing rumors about Boucher when he was named a Montreal auxiliary in July , and he took it upon himself to follow up. After several suggestive conversations, he said, he found a victim who was willing to come forward and accompanied him to the police station to make a report.
Judge to investigate Montreal archdiocese’s handling of priest’s sexual abuse
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Pepita G. Capriolo will conduct the investigation into Rev. Following a trial, Boucher was convicted in January of sexually assaulting one of the victims.